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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Understanding Tongues: The Language From heaven

The gift of tongues is usually, but certainly not always, the first outward sign of receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit, an event that is so crucial that Jesus commanded His disciples not to begin their ministries until they had received the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49). Those 12 men (with Mathias replacing Judas) as well as others in the upper room totaling 120, were baptized in the Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13) after praying for 10 days to receive it. This event not only signified the birth of their ministries but the Christian church as well. When they received, all began speaking in tongues, simultaneously.

In practice, there are generally two kinds of tongues, known and unknown. Known tongues are earthly languages, either currently used or used in the past, such as the ones spoken at Pentecost. Unknown tongues is a language given direct from the throne room and every single one is as unique as the person it’s given to. The result is a direct pipeline to God through a language that He created just for you – a very powerful tool to say the least. By far the most common king of tongues is the unknown tongue, or heavenly language. The gift of tongues is referred to as the heavenly language, praying in the Spirit, prayer language, Spiritual language, the gift of tongues, speaking by the Spirit of God or just speaking or praying in tongues.

The following are 25 short teachings, with scriptural references (facts), that you should know about tongues – and the Holy Spirit. Take the time to go through these and read the correlating scriptures and I promise you're understanding of tongues and its use will be enhanced.

1.       The creator is a communicator (Genesis 2:15-17)
2.       As our ‘helper’,  relationship is the goal and focus of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13-15)
       **Since speaking in tongues is actually the Holy Spirit speaking through us, nothing can build this rapport faster - or more powerfully.

3.       You must be willing to grow in our relationship with the Holy Spirit – even if you don’t understand everything He does! (John 14:17)
**This is a prerequisite to any development in our Christian walk. Move in faith!

4.       Speaking in tongues was promised by Jesus and was to accompany belief. (Mark 16:17)
5.       The giver of all earthly languages has one of His own. (1 Corinthians 14:2)
6.       There are varied uses of the ‘heavenly language’ that reward us and apply to different situations. (Acts 2:6-11; 1 Corinthians 12:10 and 28)
7.       The Holy Spirit has various methods for using unknown tongues as a sign to unbelievers. (1 Corinthians 14:22)
8.       When you speak or pray in tongues you won't understanding what you speak. (1 Corinthians 14:14)   (Unless you also have the gift of interpretation)                                                                                                                               

**This is a point of contention with the ‘non-believing believer’ who would say “Then what’s the point?” The point is that you don’t have to understand everything that God does in or through you – just know that whatever it is it is for your good! (see #3)

9.       The Holy Spirit is meticulous and orderly in the plan of how and when corporate tongues should be employed. (1 Corinthians 14:13 and 27-28)                                                                              

**NOTE: The word ‘speaks’ here means publicly in the sense of prophesying through tongues.

10.   The Holy Spirit will pray through you in private intercession for others, via unknown tongues. (Romans 8:26-27)
11.   When you pray in unknown tongues, or the heavenly language, God increases and builds up your faith and confidence in Him – thus, taking you deeper into the Spirit of God to see His will.  (Jude 1:20-21; 1 Corinthians 14:4)      

 **This is why praying in tongues either in times of testing, trouble or when miracles are needed (i.e. healing) is important.

12.   It is crucial that you practice your prayer language in order to keep it alive and vibrant. (1 Corinthians 14:18; Ephesians 8:18)                                                                                               

 **NOTE: The more you use tongues, the more proficient you become at it and the easier you can slide into it from speaking your earthly language when in prayer. Also, the more you use tongues, the larger your vocabulary becomes.

13.   The Holy Spirit delights when you enter into a private time of intercession for others, via the heavenly language. (Romans 8:26-27)                                                                                               

14.   We need to recognize that we are not always equipped to speak the right words and that sometimes we have no idea how to pray about something. It is crucial to trust and permit the Holy Spirit to take over in these times and pray through us! (Romans 8:26) (**See # 3)                 

 **Sometimes we just need to get out of the way, relinquish and give it up to God and His will.

15.   When praying in tongues, trust the Holy Spirit enough to avoid all logical thinking and the temptation to even try to understand what He is doing! (Romans 8:26-27) (**See # 3)
16.   When praying in tongues, you pray “error-free”. (1 Corinthians 12:3; Zephaniah 3:9)
17.   Praying in tongues is one of only two offensive weapons in the armor of God. (Ephesians 6:18) 

**Note that praying in the spirit (tongues) can also be used as a defensive weapon.

18.   Speaking in tongues was prophesied by Isaiah. (Isaiah 28:11; 1 Corinthians14:21)
19.   Recognize the Holy Spirit as your earthly intercessor and Jesus as your heavenly intercessor. (Romans 8:26-27, 34)
20.   Trust the Holy Spirit that He will not fail you or lead you to error! (John 16:13) (**See # 3)
21.   Recognize and treasure mentors that the Holy Spirit brings to you to provide a greater understanding of Him and the use of tongues. (Acts 10:25-48)                                                                                     

**This is so important for everyone. You should have a seasoned mentor to teach you in dealings of the Holy Spirit. (I can hear Jim Croft saying “Yes, grasshopper” right about now)

22.   Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to draw you closer to Him. (Jeremiah 31:3) (**See # 3)
23.   Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth regarding all things! (Matthew 6:16-18)               

**Heavenly truth and revelation is the rock that the church is built on, NOT Peter! (see #2)

24.   Walk in the present light you have and more will be provided. (Acts 19:1-7)
25.   You must ask for your prayer language! (Luke 11:13; James 4:2)

“You do not have because you do not ask”

©2013 Mark Williams. (Based on “The Wisdom Bible”, Study Guide #94)

May The Blood of Jesus cover, bless & protect you!

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